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What’s on the minds of fund managers in 2018?

Fund managers examine the 2018 outlook in a series of interviews with Lipper Alpha Insight on topics ranging from emerging markets to interest rate expectations and inflation. During the course of 2017, Jake Moeller, Head of...more

Mexico Signs ICSID Convention

On January 11, 2018, Mexico became the 162nd country to sign the 1965 Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the ICSID Convention or the Convention)....more

Green bonds – building optionality for issuers into programme documentation

by White & Case LLP on

Since their introduction in 2007, green bonds issuances have exponentially increased in volume and have become a necessary product for bond issuers to offer their investor base. In view of this, bond issuers are increasingly...more

SEC Cyber Unit Increases Efforts to Regulate Crypto-Currency

by Nossaman LLP on

Based on how 2017 ended, entities and individuals in the crypto-currency markets should expect increased scrutiny from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 2018. The SEC’s Cyber Unit commenced its...more

UK Regulators Confirm Approach to Authorization and Supervision of International Banks, Investment Firms, Insurers and CCPs...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Bank of England, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority have published consultations and planning considerations affecting international banks, investment firms, insurers and CCPs...more

3 Real Estate Trends To Watch In 2018

Orrick’s Michael Haworth recently spoke with Law360 about real estate trends to watch in 2018. Michael noted that "a lot of what's going to drive future investment in the U.S. real estate market is activities in the major...more

FINRA Provides Preview of 2018 Rulemaking Activity

In a December 20, 2017 press release, FINRA announced that, at its final Board of Governors meeting for 2017, it approved the filing of several proposed amendments to its rules. The rule proposals will include the...more

SEC Claims Promoters Conducted Repeated, Fraudulent Offerings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A key focus of SEC Enforcement, according to the Commission’s recent publication about the Division, is retail investors. While the agency has always sought to protect the individual investor and has an investor advocate, a...more

Proposed Tax Legislation - Highlights for Investment Funds

by Dechert LLP on

The final version of the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) was released on December 15, 2017. This legislation, unless amended again, is expected to be voted on this week in the U.S. House of Representatives and the...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

From Red to Black: Using Tax Credit Programs to Complete the Project

Similar to other industries in today’s economy, our contractor and developer clients deal in a highly competitive marketplace. As contractors and developers seek opportunities to expand business, they should consider some...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

The SEC’s Cyber Unit Files Its First Complaint Against an “Initial Coin Offering”

by Burr & Forman on

Implemented in September, the Securities Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Cyber Unit has brought its first enforcement action against an “Initial Coin Offering” (“ICO”) called PlexCoin. ICOs, which are listed on digital...more

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Discusses Blockchain’s Effect on Markets

The effect of Bitcoin on securities markets and enhanced measures related to retail investors were the focus at the October meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee (Committee)....more

The FAIR Act: Providing a Safe Harbor for ETF Research Reports

by K&L Gates LLP on

Investor demand for transparent, diversified, low-cost, passive investment products has accelerated over the last decade, and exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) have been among the primary beneficiaries of this demand. Assets...more

International Organization of Securities Commissions Publishes Good Practices for the Voluntary Termination of Investment Funds

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The International Organization of Securities Commissions has published a final report on good practices for the voluntary termination of investment funds which takes into account investors' interests during the termination...more

Trump Administration Issues Guidance on Asset Management and Insurance Regulation

On Oct. 26, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) released the latest installment in a series of reports on financial regulation required by the president’s Feb. 3 executive order on the financial system....more

Corporate Venture Capital: Variations on a Theme (5 Key Terms)

by Hogan Lovells on

We have seen increasing interest in venture capital investments by corporate investors (as compared to traditional investment funds) in recent years, especially as new technologies appear poised to dramatically impact, or are...more

Nordstrom is the latest large employer sued over their 401(k) plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The department store business model is selling items at high prices with the heavy end of season discounting. Now if only Nordstrom did the same with their nearly $3 billion 401(k) plan....more

Legal Considerations in Pre-IPO Crossover Financings

by WilmerHale on

An increasingly common financing strategy for companies expecting to conduct an initial public offering (IPO), particularly in the life sciences space, is to conduct a ‘‘crossover’’ financing shortly prior to the IPO....more

How US Tax Reform Proposals Will Affect Private Investment Funds and Asset Managers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Aspects of the current proposals could significantly alter the US taxation of investment funds, sponsors, and investors. Key Points: ..Major changes to US tax laws on business tax rates, interest deductibility, and...more

Positive Changes to the EUVECA Regulation

by Goodwin on

When the Alternative Investment Fund Managers’ Directive (AIFMD) arrived, an alternative, lighter touch, regime for venture capital fund managers known as EUVECA was also introduced. The intention of EU legislators was a...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017

China Energy Investment Signs MOU for $83.7 Billion in West Virginia Projects "China Energy Investment Corp, the world's largest power company by asset value, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest $83.7...more

Effects of House Tax Reform Bill on Securitizations and Funds

On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives released their long-anticipated tax reform bill (the “Bill”). The Bill, which is entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” includes significant changes to the...more

Interval Alts and Insurance-Linked Securities

We are seeing Interval Alts (registered investment funds featuring hedge fund-like liquidity) being used for dedicated insurance-linked securities (ILS) strategies. ILS, such as catastrophe, or "cat," bonds, provide...more

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